Tuesday, 5 March 2013

You might be a religious hypocrite if...

We're all familiar with the logical contradictions of religious belief; people being certain they've picked the one right god out of thousands, thinking the idea of an omnipotent being makes sense, calling Islam a religion of peace without falling over laughing...

But recently the hypocrisy has been bothering me more than the illogicality.  A couple of days ago I asked people on Twitter for their most hated examples of religious hypocrisy.  Many people replied, and I'd like to thank them for their help in compiling the following (far from exhaustive!) list for religious believers to think about.

You might just be a religious hypocrite if:

You don't accept evolution but you take antibiotics.

You believe in the Young-Earth creation story but use petrol.

You credit an omnipotent, omniscient being with all the good stuff, but blame him for none of the bad stuff.

You believe in your god on the grounds that it can't be disproved, but think invisible unicorns, the Flying Spaghetti Monster and other deities are silly.

You've had life-saving medical treatment and then thanked God for your recovery.

You think you're exercising your right to free speech when you tell us we're going to hell and then scream persecution when we tell you your religion's a crock of shit.

You believe your magic book is the work of an infallible god, but think you're allowed to overlook the bits on slavery and genocide.

You call yourself "pro-life" while supporting war and the death penalty, and opposing gun control, state-funded healthcare and stem-cell research.

You claim to believe that God looks after you but you still lock your doors, use seatbelts and take medicines.

You tell your congregation homosexuality is an abomination and then turn out to be gay.

You think the idea of a loving God who'll torture you for eternity makes sense. (Actually, that one makes you not so much a hypocrite as a moron.)

You categorically disavow evolution despite not understanding its most basic principles.

You say the Old Testament is not to be taken literally... apart from the bits that are.

You use Leviticus to argue against marriage equality, while ignoring all the bits about tattoos and trimming your beard.

You believe in heaven, but oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

You believe you'll go to heaven when you die, but you'll fight tooth and nail for that heart surgery.

You tell us science is a hoax or doesn't work ON FUCKING TWITTER!!!

You think God's rules are set in stone and must be obeyed on pain of being sent to hell, but you drive on Sundays and have kids out of wedlock.

You think a human foetus has more rights than a human adult.

You think other people need God's rules to be moral, but you ignore them yourself.

You thank God for saving one life in a disaster that kills dozens or hundreds or thousands.

You think people need the threat of hell to be moral, and think that makes YOU more moral than us.

You accept evolution but still believe in the original sin of two people who categorically never existed.

You accept all the benefits and perks handed to you on a plate by modern science, but cry like a little bitch when it shows up the ridiculousness of your religious beliefs.

You tell us that God is beyond human comprehension, then give us a list of his pet hates and tell us in detail what'll happen to us if we disobey the rules.

...I'm certain there are many, many more - if I've missed any that bug you, please add them in the comments.

(My thanks to @PaulADennett@Cull58@paulsellick@adamwt1978@danielsilas@Dianora_1@590409@LolloJames@DJCSouthport@WCHamilton@yanquetino@Graham_Gowland@richardsweet@billyrunaway@hookstonecol@MrMRM513@OgreMkV@BobPowellUK@westhamfool@BrianBuchbinder@ZEN_racer, and @LJ_Graey.)


  1. You complain that secularism will marginalise your religion when you are actually annoyed it will stop you enforcing your rules of conduct on everyone else.

  2. Not believing in evolution and having a dog

  3. By day you work as an engineer in the manufacture of high technology products where critical thinking is essential to your job scope. By night you relax in the technology-enabled comfort of your home reading the bible without a critical thought

  4. Not believing in evolution yet scientifically proven to share approximately 50% of their DNA with a banana

  5. Oh, the list is long indeed...

    If you hold the Bible to be a historically accurate account, but complain that the theory of evolution has "too many holes".

    If you bemoan the apparent "lack of respect" for your religion, but have no qualms with labeling atheists (and those of other religions) "immoral", "heathen", "infidel", "agents of the devil" etc...

    When you claim that the horrors of the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition and the Dark Ages were merely perpetrated by narcissist politicians seeking power under the GUISE of religion, but won't hesitate to point out that COMMUNIST leaders like Pol Pot and Stalin committed genocide because they were "atheists" and not because they were psychotic narcissists following a flawed political doctrine.

    If you claim that your religion is "under attack" from atheists and other religions, but barely utter a word when those of your OWN religion: Murder innocents in suicide bombings, assassinate doctors that perform abortions, bludgeon people to death in the streets for being gay, murder children for trying to get an education, or worse, being raped (if you can't force them to marry their rapist)...

    If you accuse science of attempting to perpetrate a world-wide conspiracy with regards to global warming/evolution/the big bang theory, but ignore the fact that Christian scribes throughout the ages have been selectively editing not only their own religious texts, but those of ancient historians as well.

    If you argue for the existence of "a (very loosely defined) god", and then simply assume that said entity is YOUR god.

    And my absolute favorite: If you use Pascal's Wager... Ever!

    *Drunken rant over*

  6. I am so sad that so many of you have had such bad experiences with people of religion. I believe in God and I know he loves me because I feel it. I do not look down on you if you do not believe. God does not force anyone to believe nor would I try to force anyone. That is why we have Free Will. I believe it is something we each decide for ourselves. I have had very many experiences that have made me know that there is a God and an afterlife. I believe that we all have souls and within those souls is a small part of God's love and if we connect with it we can learn to give love to others. I am sure you all are probably laughing at my words but that is OK because the happiness I find each day through the love of God makes my life worthwhile. Not every day is great but it can be. I do not judge others or how they live. I do know that I have met some people who are very involved in church who are not very nice and I have met some who are wonderful. We are all just people trying to get through this life the best way we can and for me it is better with God.

    1. You"KNOW"there's a god and an afterlife?! Really? That's like someone saying they know there's an alien mother ship parked on the dark side of the Moon and it will be taking them away to live an immortal life of paradise. lol

    2. You"KNOW"there's a god and an afterlife?! Really? That's like someone saying they know there's an alien mother ship parked on the dark side of the Moon and it will be taking them away to live an immortal life of paradise. lol